Seward Avenue Access
River Mile: 77
GPS: N39.06046 W95.59430
From I-70 take exit #366 east of Topeka, go north on K-4. Go approximately 2 miles to the Seward Ave exit. Take Seward Ave east one mile until you cross a railroad track and come to a right curve in the road. Slow down and look for a gravel road and parking lot on the north side. The concrete access ramp is at the far north end of the parking area. If you prefer to come from U.S. 24 you can reach the same Seward Avenue exit by driving approximately 2 miles south on K-4.
Large gravel parking lot is not lighted and this location is not a good place to leave cars overnight. Trash is often dumped at or near the ramp. The ramp could be partially silted in by the rising & lowering water. If you are planning a group boat trip, we suggest you check the condition of the ramp. Maintenance is handled by the Topeka Department of Recreation. Call 785-368-3838 for a clean-up request. You also might want to take a blunt nosed shovel with you to clear mud from the end of the ramp.
Next access is Rising Sun Access 12.7 miles downstream at river mile 64.3. A low head dam at the Tecumseh Power Plant is 1 mile downstream from the Seward Access Ramp east of Topeka. At high water levels a canoe or kayak will float over the dam but in normal to low water levels there is passage in the middle of the river near a rocky sand bar. You should always approach this area slowly to access the passage. Passage is not advisable for motorized boats. There are no public access to roads in this location.
The first access upstream is the Topeka Coffer Dam at river mile 87.6.